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Building a sustainable economy requires expanded research in water, land, and air quality assessment and maintenance; we have a very strong group in environmental engineering. As our society wrestles with the problem of replacing its heavy use of fossil fuels with newer plant-based technologies, our biotechnology research effort is poised to expand in a collaborative role.

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Collaborating in Flint

Susan Masten is part of a University Research Corridor team that is examining if the point-of-use replacement schedule for water filters being used in Flint is best for the Flint water distribution system.Michigan universities collaborate to examine water filters used by Flint residents

Researchers from Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University are conducting studies to determine the best ways to manage the type of point-of-use water filters being used by Flint residents. 

The studies are supported by grants from the National Science Foundation.

Several previous studies have shown that point-of-use water filters can harbor and support the growth of bacteria in water, said Nancy Love, professor of civil and environmental engineering at U-M. Filters have been shown to work well to remove metals such as lead and chemicals produced during chlorination. Love emphasized that Flint residents should continue to use water filters in accordance with manufacturers’ recommendations. 

“All water, including drinking water, contains some amount of bacteria. The question is whether the bacteria are harmful,” Love said. “Our research is focused on helping to determine how filters may be used to reduce or prevent transmission of harmful bacteria through the filters. Our study is well under way and we will make the results public once the scientific process is complete.” 

The research team is coordinating closely with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the Genesee County Health Department and the Flint Mayor’s Office. 

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IEEE FellowXiaobo Tan was been named an IEEE Fellow "for contributions to modeling and control of smart materials and underwater robots."

Xiaobo Tan named to prestigious IEEE honor

Xiaobo Tan, Michigan State University Foundation Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been named a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the world’s largest professional organization for the advancement of technology.

The honor, which is effective Jan. 1, 2017, is the highest grade of membership in IEEE and is recognized by the technical community as a prestigious honor and an important career achievement. IEEE selects less than 0.1 percent of its voting members for this designation each year.

Tan was named a Fellow “for contributions to modeling and control of smart materials and underwater robots.”

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